Great New England Air Show

It was my first time behind the camera in a long time today. I got the day off from work and went with the family to the Great New England Air Show at the Westover AFB. It was really hot, and the light angle was less than ideal, but I worked with what I had. The best light came in the afternoon, which is also when some of the best aircraft were up flying. The image above is of the Heritage Flight which included a P-51D Mustang and a F-22 Raptor, my two favorite aircraft. I took over 2,000 pictures, so as I get them edited they will be up on the blog.

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Been Quite A While

Wow it’s hard to believe my last post was back in September! I have had much less time for photography now, but still try and take advantage of those great photo opportunities when I can. I stopped by Tarrywile Park this morning while the snow was winding down. Most of the shots were forced, but on my way out, I stumbled upon a flock of Eastern Bluebirds. They were fairly cooperative, and let me approach pretty closely. This particular male let me get very close as he fed on some berries in a stand of shrubs. I got numerous poses out of him, but this one was the best with the detail in the tail and wingtips becoming evident. If you look closely, you can also see the snowflakes collecting on the top of his head.

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Florida Sunset

Man it has been a really long time since I have composed a post here. Time has been flying by lately, as I have been really busy with work and school. My Dad and I took a trip down to Florida for a weekend earlier in August to look at a school for me. We spent the other half of the trip visiting my grandparents in Punta Gorda. On our last night there, there was an incredible sunset which I was able to set as the backdrop to a nice leading line in the road and a little contrast in the palm trees. The fall colors are already starting to pop here now, and I’m hoping to get back behind the lens as they reach their peak colors.

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Been A While

It’s been quite a while since I put a post up here. I’ve been really busy with work (got a job at Caraluzzi’s in Bethel) as well as getting ready for school. We got back Monday. Seems like the summer always flies by. This is one of the last shots I took on our trip to Folly Beach. There was a very strong thunderstorm that went out to sea to our south, and put on an incredible lightning show! All of my camera gear was packed away, so I had to dig everything out to get this shot. This was the best one of the series of shots I took. If you pay close attention, there are actually 3 smaller bolts coming out of the top and bottom of the cloud, as well as the very bright, main bolt.

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Progression of the Shot

The infamous dead tree on Folly … It is an iconic subject for many photographers. Based upon the tides while we were on Folly, Sunday morning (July 20th) was going to be the best conditions for the shot I was after. I didn’t get what I wanted last year, and knew what I wanted to do to fix it this year. I got 2 cracks at the shot this year (one at sunrise and one at sunset), and the one at sunrise panned out. I wish the tide was a bit higher so that the water could have been lapping up against the tree, but mother nature rules! This image was taken about 10 minutes after the sun had risen. The sun had that early morning glow, and lit up the great clouds in the distance as well as bringing out texture in the tree. I was flat on the ground for this shot, shooting with the Nikon D7000 and Nikkor 12-24mm f/4. Besides the water, or lack thereof, I’m really happy with the way this came out.

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An Eventful 14 Hour Car Ride

We had quite an eventful car ride down to Folly Beach. The first event was a large church fire we came across in Emporia, Virginia. It was about 6:15 am when we got to it, and looking at news reports, they were still on scene working the fire until the evening hours of the day. There were also 2 car accidents that happened right in front of us, so it kept everyone on their toes (and awake) for the rest of the trip. The ride home wasn’t nearly as eventful.

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Back From a Great Trip!

I’m back from a great trip to Folly Beach, SC. It’s always great going to a place you know, as the lay of the land is familiar to you. I knew what I wanted to do to improve upon the shots I had gotten the previous years. I am pretty satisfied with how the new images turned out, with one of my favorites being this shot of the pier. The sunrise didn’t yield any spectacular colors, but as the sun rose above the cloud bank on the horizon, it lit up the clouds that were above the pier. With a neutral density filter on the lens, I shot away, trying to get the perfect water streaks. What I’m looking for is the water to come straight towards the camera, with the foam creating the streaks in the image. It makes it seem as if the water is flowing right into the viewer’s lap, and puts the viewer into the scene. There will be more images and videos to come so stay tuned!

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Getting Ready for Take 2

I will be getting my second chance at making the shot I have envisioned for 2 years now of this tree on Folly Beach in the coming week. I was pretty happy with the B&W version, but the color one just didn’t do it for me. This year it looks like I am going to have one morning to make it happen. It has to be low or near low tide at the time of sunset/sunrise to make this shot happen. Sunday the 20th is that day, with low tide occurring around 9:20 AM and the sun rising at 6:25 AM. I have a few different techniques I want to try this year, and can only hope for a great sunrise! Wish me luck!

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When the Sun Gets Low

One of my favorite things to do when the sun gets low on the horizon is to place it to the side of a subject. I was able to do this on the night of the Danbury Fair Mall fireworks. I had just come down from my formation flight, and the Pitts was going out again for another flight. As the pilot did his run-up on the taxiway, I was able to compose a pretty interesting shot with the light hitting the trees and grass in the background just right. It gives the image a very golden feel, and to me, shows the wonder of an evening flight in the summer.

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What An Awesome Job!

This guy has to have one of the coolest photography jobs on the planet! His office is the rear seat of an F-16D. Not many people can say that!

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